Support: Transport League
Location: LOGO, Hamburg
By: Basak Günel
Photos by: Heavy Harlequin
The doom and gloom was upon Hamburg as the American doom/stoner masters A Pale Horse Named Death were summoned to LOGO in Hamburg.
The evening started with the Swedish heavy metallers Transport League from Gothenburg. The band has an interesting story as they have been around since 1994. After a short split up in 2005, the band reunited in 2009. With a long musical history in their career, the band played a mixture of the recent songs as well as some old classics from the 90s.
One big highlight was the energy in the band’s music and stage presence in general. There were no moments of silence but the whole show consisted of headbanging and enjoying the music. Surely it was also impossible not to admire the ZZ Top-style beard of the front-man… Overall, the great synergy between the audience and the band made this one quite a nice show!
APHND at last… After having released the latest record “When The World Becomes Undone” earlier this year, the band has been more than excited to come to Hamburg after 5 years. We could already see some die-hard fans in the front row, which was a nice and interesting view.
Overall, the band delivered a great show consisting of the total doom and gloom! The frontman Sal Abruscato‘s fun and interactive attitude made the whole set quite unique in particular; he made sure that each person in the audience had fun during the show as well as between songs. The audience, however, seemed a bit introverted and more silent than usual: in Sal Abruscato’s words, he joked: “You guys are so silent between songs, I don’t know if you like it or not!”. Well, we are sure he meant it in a good way but considering it was a weekday, maybe the crowd just wanted to give into the doom and enjoy the show.
With three full-lengths in the band’s career, the setlist was quite colorful, consisting of some old songs like “Die Alone”, and “Shallow Grave” but the recent songs from the latest album were also in the focus. One highlight of the show was surely Johnny Kelly on drums, not only because most of the audience knew him from Type O Negative, but his drumming combined with the vocals and the riffs made the show quite a special one. At times we found ourselves getting lost in the vocals, and at times, it was all about the drums!
Overall, it was quite an interesting evening with the nice contrast between the energetic Transport League and the doom-y APHND. The evening could have maybe been a bit more special with a more passionate and energetic audience but this didn’t change the attitude of the bands as well as their shows at all. Sal Abruscato especially thanked the fans for their continuous support over the years with his words “We are nothing without you guys”, and also gave news of another European Tour in Autumn 2019 with a possible date in Halloween in Hamburg! After the amazing show, we are pretty sure the guys will be greeted with another packed venue and hopefully with a more passionate audience! Thanks to both of the bands for this amazing night.